D.J. Henderson Papers (Collection)
Scope and Contents
In addition to personal correspondence and papers, the collection reflects the breadth of the Hendersons’
interests with materials on engineering, the preservation of their house, and many organizations with which
they were involved.
A copy of an earlier inventory of the collection can be found in Box 10.
- 1936 - 1994
- Majority of material found within 1970s & 1980s
- Henderson, Dorland J., 1898-1996 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open to the public. Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.
Biographical / Historical
Born in 1898 in Indiana, Dorland J. Henderson earned a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue. From
1932 he worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation in various capacities, overcoming
discrimination to retire in 1970 as Director of Traffic Engineering. A key project was the Route 72 bridge
spanning Stafford Township and Long Beach Island, named for him in 2000, which made use of low level
lighting. After retiring, he consulted on movable bridges until 1978.
Elizabeth (Betty) Henderson, from Michigan, was educated as a social worker and worked for some time in the
East Orange schools. She was also an accomplished weaver.
In 1954, the Hendersons purchased the run-down 18th-century Sydenham farmhouse on Old Road to Bloomfield adjacent to Branch Brook Park in the North Ward of Newark and over the decades painstakingly restored it. Both Hendersons took an active interest in preservation, education, and the city of Newark, especially in the North Ward area around their home.
6.59 Linear Feet (11 Hollinger boxes and 2 Paige boxes )
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged by subject using folder headings from D.J. Henderson. Additional headings have
been created for materials that were not in folders, such as personal correspondence. The original folder
order of the complete collection is unknown; therefore, folders have been grouped with related subjects to
Within some boxes, folders are ordered alphabetically. The contents of some folders tend to be chronological or reverse chronological, but no attempt has been made to correct the order. Some loose papers that were donated separately are filed in the related folders. The few dozen photographs in the collection have been sleeved, but were not separated in their own box.
- African Americans -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Architecture, Domestic -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Bridges -- New Jersey
- Buildings -- New Jersey
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Engineers -- Newark -- New Jersey
- Henderson, Dorland J., 1898-1996
- Henderson, Elizabeth Baker
- Historic preservation -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Letters (correspondence)
- Letters (correspondence)
- New Jersey. Department of Transportation
- Newark (N.J.) -- History -- 20th century
- Newark (N.J.). Board of Education
- Papers (documents)
- Sydenham House (Newark, N.J.)
- Kathy Kauhl
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States